I am a huge fan of almond milk. Not only is this milk a delicious alternative to traditional dairy milk, it is one of the most nutritionally dense milk substitutes currently available.
Almond milk is rich in vitamins and minerals including potassium, iron, fibre, zinc, calcium, vitamin E and magnesium. It is also very low in calories (around 40 per standard cup), which is significantly lower than traditional milk. On top of that, it is free of cholesterol and saturated fat.
While it is simple to make your own almond milk (see my recipe here), time doesn’t always permit. There are many commercial varieties of almond milk available, ranging from standard, to organic, flavoured, sweetened and non-sweetened. The downside of most of these brands is that they contain a long list of ingredients – soy lecithin, sunflower lecithin, and other unpronounceable elements to name a few.
Here is a snap shot of the ingredients of some of America’s strongest selling almond milks:
Which brand should I buy?
By far the best commercially available brand of almond milk I have found to date is Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk. The ingredients? Almonds and filtered water*. Califia Farms Almond Milk has 50% more calcium than milk, is non-GMO, vegan, BPA free and gluten free.
When I’m pressed for time, I grab a bottle of this at Whole Foods. I do prefer to make my own, Califia is the closest thing I can find to the homemade version.
*According to the Califia website, their almond milk contains less than 2% of this vitamin/mineral blend: calcium carbonate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Zinc, Gellan Gum, Carrageenan, Potassium Cirate, Sunflower lecithin, natural flavours, sea salt.
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